What Do Flowers Stand For ?

I recently discovered that the language through the medium of flowers is called floriography : A means  of communication through the use of flowers. Wonderful isn’t it ? Who on earth is not enthralled by the beauty of flowers ? If it can be used in a positive way to communicate, to gift and if it can be used for decorating our own personal spaces then nothing like it. I was not aware of the fact that each flower had a meaning, except for some popular names like Rose of course.

We are so spell bound by their beauty,  that we care less what they actually stand for. Whether it’s a birthday, a romantic date  or a wedding;  the usage and the significance of flowers cannot be ignored. Even when it comes to fashion, Floral prints are much in vogue. So it’s not a bad idea to brush up our knowledge on the meaning of flowers so that we can use them for the right occasions.

Besides these days much emphasis is laid on etiquette which includes  flower etiquette as well. Let’s discover more about various flowers and what they actually stand for. Interesting ! While there are endless beautiful flowers that we can discuss about, in this article, I’ve covered a few popular flowers that we so often come across.

DaffodilsDaffodils is a common flower however it’s enriched with beauty. It stands for rebirth and a fresh beginning. The chinese consider daffodils as a symbol of good fortune and wealth. It’s a symbol for cancer research as well. It’s commonly used in bouquets.


DaisiesDaisies have different meanings in different mythologies. It would be much easier to sum up the meanings and what it stands for. They represent purity, innocence, childhood, freshness,virginal, motherhood, cleanliness, transformation and loyalty. In Celtic mythology Daisies  are said to be the souls of children. It holds great significance in christianity  too.  How often we’ve heard the line “As fresh as a Daisy ” because it’s synonymous with freshness.


Lillies –  Lillies symbolize hope, faith, birth, purity, chastity, fertility,love and passion. Lilly stands for masculine qualities too. In greek mythology Lilly stands for birth and motherhood. Since Lillies are so closely associated with motherhood and fertility, they can be presented as gifts or a bouquet of flowers to women who are in their motherhood phase of life. The flower is also linked to Easter and the resurrection of Christ.

OrchidsAn Orchid enjoys an aura of luxury, royalty and magnificence. It symbolizes love, beauty, refinement, thoughtfulness, affection and understanding. It holds a high status among ornamental flowers and therefore can be used to gift a loved one, in flower arrangements for important occasions and so on.

AsterIt symbolizes patience, temperance and optimism.  This flower symbolizes elegance with flair along with feminity.

Rose –  Roses have been an all time favourite with the masses since eons.We know that they are synonymous with love and beauty. However while doing some further research it was discovered that they stand for numerous things. When it comes to roses, the Red Rose seems to garner all the attention and it stands for Love, beauty, passion and courage.

A yellow rose stands for friendship, joy and care. On the darker side it stands for jealousy. A Pink Rose stands for grace, admiration, and gratitude. White Rose symbolizes purity, innocence, secrecy, heavenly and youthfulness. They are also associated with marriages and new beginnings. On a sad note, Black roses are associated with death and eternal rest.

MarigoldThis is one common, wild flower that I’ve been acquainted with since childhood. Marigold is a yellow flower that sometimes blooms with maroon borders. That makes it all the more appealing. On one hand it’s widely used in bouquets and other flower arrangements, on the other hand it’s used for funeral ceremonies.

It’s name Mary’s gold is derived from the Virgin Mary. It’s of prime importance in the Indian culture. It’s used for decorative purposes during festivals and marriages. It’s used for making garlands too. Though it’s used for such auspicious occasions it symbolizes jealousy, cruelty and grief.

JasmineJasmine  flowers have become a favourite with the masses because of it’s sweet aroma, besides it’s beauty. They symbolize love, hope, joy and purity. Since it symbolizes purity many Indian women are seen adorning this beautiful flower in their hair.  It enjoys a special spiritual significance and therefore it is used in temples,churches and homes. They are also used as offerings.

Sunflower –  This bright yellow coloured flower represents many qualities of the sun. The amazing phenomenon of this flower stretching towards the sun is called phototropism.  Sunflowers stand for adoration, loyalty and longevity.

LotusAnd finally it’s the turn of Lotus to display it’s amazing characteristics. It’s a sacred flower in many religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Egyptian religions. A Lotus flower is always visualized, surfacing from it’s murky surroundings. It means that the Lotus symbolizes Purity and resurrection. It grows through several phases before  displaying its true self.

The various colours of Lotus hold different symbolic meanings. But the white Lotus holds a special significance in Hinduism. In Hinduism white Lotus symbolizes beauty and a state of non-attachment. It’s even associated to all the Gods and Goddesses.  In Buddhism a completely opened Lotus symbolizes an enlightened soul while a closed lotus bud symbolizes a period before enlightment.

It was truly a fascinating journey to learn about these captivating flowers  and what they symbolize. We are enlightened about its use as  bouquets, garlands, in various flower arrangements and as gifts. The flowers would truly hold a special value  if the recipient of these flowers are also enlightened with their meanings. Do not hesitate to use the right flower for the right occasion in various forms. Being Nature’s most beautiful resources, they are certain to make the right impact.

Image Courtesy: Eskipaper.com


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